Case Recommendation - i7 920, GTX275

Hi, I need advice. Would someone recommend a cheaper case that is quiet, cool and with minimalist styling?


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming and then everything else

PRICE RANGE: $1500 to $2000

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia, full tower

OVERCLOCKING: Down the road, when the system starts to get long in the tooth

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, eventually.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the system to be quite, < 30dB and to have a case with minimalist styling


Intel Motherboard - EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
Processor - Intel Core i7-920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model
CPU Cooler - ZALMAN CNPS10X QUIET 120mm 2 Ball
Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel
Video Card - EVGA 017-P3-1175-AR GeForce GTX 275 1792MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI
Power Supply - ZALMAN ZM1000-HP 1000W SLI Certified, CrossFire Ready, 80 PLUS Certified, Modular
Case - LIAN LI PC-X1000 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower

Thanks for the feedback,
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  1. RAM: You're overpaying for Corsair sticks. I'm guessing on the exact model, but I'm expecting they're the CAS Latency 9 sticks for about $165. Here some better sticks that are the same cost (after rebate): Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CAS Latency 7. Or here are some that are even cheaper: Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 CAS Latency 7 $150 after rebate.

    GPU: Do you really want to be going with a nVidia card right now? ATI is destroying them with the new 5xxx series. I highly recommend at least the HD 5870 for $400 (possibly the 5970 for $650ish if you can afford it).

    PSU: You don't need 1000W, even for Crossfire/SLI. 750W would be more than enough for that. If you're buying it for Tri-fire (3 cards), don't. Using more than 2 cards doesn't scale up well, and is nothing but a waste of money.

    Case: Lian-Li makes good cases. But at nearly $400, I can't recommend it. Check out the HAF 932 at only $140. Or if you don't want one with LEDs or a window, the Coolermaster Cosmos 1000 for $180 (it also comes in all black). Either of these are great case at a fraction of the cost.
  2. Thanks, excellent advice all around.

    It's a personal thing with ATI. They burned me bad several years back, stability problems, but I suppose I can give them a second chance. Maybe AMD has had a positive influence.
  3. They are certainly better since AMD took over. Its not like Nvidia's been perfect with drivers either.
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